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What's Foreign? #121693
08/10/05 07:42 PM
08/10/05 07:42 PM
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Another strange find fromLostazhell

This is a service in Bakersfield, CA. The Voltage reads right at 120/208 on a meter.


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Re: What's Foreign? #121694
08/10/05 08:22 PM
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I always understood "foreign voltage" to mean that there was power inside that was not shut off by the disconnect. In otherwords, from more than one source.

Re: What's Foreign? #121695
08/10/05 08:22 PM
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wa2ise  Offline
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Is Bakersfield on the Mexican border? Maybe the electricity comes from Mexico, and thus is foreign voltage. [Linked Image]

Re: What's Foreign? #121696
08/10/05 10:52 PM
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The best thing is that it is CLEARLY marked for "FOREGN VOLTAGE"...As opposed to no marking at all...


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Re: What's Foreign? #121697
08/10/05 11:00 PM
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maybe it is exported from the u.s. and our voltage is foregn to them......


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Re: What's Foreign? #121698
08/11/05 02:08 AM
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Maybe the electrons have been flown in and imported from china?? - maybe cuts down on the cost for the electricity board?

I wonder if the foreign electrons have their own suitcases with them, hmmmm..... [Linked Image]

Re: What's Foreign? #121699
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Maybe it fed a 400V wye transformer at one time?


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Re: What's Foreign? #121700
08/11/05 05:08 AM
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Grid-tied photovoltaic system?

Re: What's Foreign? #121701
08/11/05 01:06 PM
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I agree with Reno. Consider a motor control panel having a disconnect for the 3-phase power, but the 120V control power is on a separate branch circuit. Since the control circuit has no disconnect within the panel, it's a foreign voltage.


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